At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, explores the developments that occurred in African American art during the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition examines the diversity of influences upon the period--from European modernism, to African art, to music, and cultural history --and its lasting influence, as witnessed in later depictions of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age.
Gallery 32 and Its Circle: Los Angeles' African American Art Community in the 1960s and 70s
At Laband Art Gallery of the Loyola Marymount University, this exhibition surveys the rich, but much forgotten, history of Los Angeles' Galley 32. Dating from 1968 to 1970, Gallery 32 was one of the few art spaces that exhibited emerging African American artists and is significant for its exhibitions of such artists as David Hammons, Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Timothy Washington, and Emory Douglas.
A Dream Realized
Annually CAAM celebrates the life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a themed photo exhibition reflecting his commitment to the betterment of life for all people. This year’s installation is expanded to incorporate the “dream come true” campaign of Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States.
Harlem Renaissance: Legacy and Beyond
At the Bakersfield Museum of Art; affords the Bakersfield community a chance to see works by African American artists, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden for the first time. The exhibit is part of a new approach to bring more diverse art to Bakersfield.
Insights from the Permanent Collection
Highlights African American artists working in the 1970s through 1990s; a majority in Los Angeles. "The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by answers." (James Baldwin)
At the Overtones Gallery in Los Angeles featuring artists expressing a political message: Sue Cole, Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey, Sandra Low, John Outterbridge, Walter Robinson, Travis Somerville, and Jeffrey Valance.
Of Tulips and Shadows: The Visual Metaphors of Dewey Crumpler
Exhibition of selected works by Bay Area artist Dewey Crumpler presents paintings, sculptures, videos and installation pieces created over the last fifteen years.
Allensworth: 100 Years of the California Dream
At the California State Capitol, this exhibition celebrates the centennial of Allensworth and is a collaboration with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California African American Museum and the California Community Empowerment Foundation.
MLK in California
King visited California regularly from 1956 through 1968, participating in the civic and social life of the state. This special photography display chronicles his travels, from speeches in the Bay Area to a parade in Los Angeles, reminding us all of the importance of our region to his life and work.
A Woman's Journey: The Life and Work of Artis Lane
This first retrospective of Artis Lane is an exploration of a painter/sculptor’s work spanning more than 60 years. Her creative vision is captured in drawings and sculptures, ranging from studio nudes, to traditional portraits, to more abstract creations.
Blacks In and Out of the Box
This exhibition focuses on African Americans as artists and subjects throughout the history of photography. Thematically, it highlights California's influence on Blacks in front of and behind the camera and the on-going dialogue African Americans have with the images of their past. The show features 20 works from CAAM's permanent collection as well as historic and contemporary images from collectors and artists ranging from Blacks on the frontier to contemporary videography.
Recent Acquistions to the Permanent Collection
In order to showcase the continuing efforts of CAAM to document the African American contributions to the settlement of the West, the Museum presents Recent Acquisitions, 2007. This exhibition is a survey of the most relevant historical objects and artwork purchased by the curatorial team or donated to the museum since 2002.
Our Own Artist: Paintings by Indiana's William Edouard Scott, 1884-1964
At the Indiana State Museum, a major retrospective exhibit of paintings by William Edouard Scott.
At Musée national d'art moderne--Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; this event is the first of its magnitude to be devoted to art in Los Angeles and shows the importance and specificity of an artistic context, which remains to be fully discovered. Through a wide range of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films and videos, it retraces the multiform history of this particular scene since its emergence at the beginning of the 1960s to 1985. The many-sided history of a peculiar scene, from its emergence at the beginning of the 1960s up until 1985. Over sixty artists, on a path which deals with topics such as the search involved in the art of assemblage, Pop art, Californian minimalism, conceptual art, performance, installations, video and experimental film.
Milton Bowens' Writings on the Walls
For the first time in Los Angeles, the California African American Museum presents (26) selected works of Northern California artist and social commentator Milton Bowens. Born and raised in Oakland, this painter, teacher and radio host has been inspired by Basquiat, Bearden, Rauschenberg and Haring. With a critical eye, vibrant color, collage, and both hand-written and printed text, the artist reflects upon personal recollections and pivotal moments of African American history in his search for truth, pride and cultural freedom.
Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment
At the University of Michigan Museum of Art; looks at the totality of Betye Saar's achievement and her place in African American art-making, identifying the sustained presence of the fragment--specifically the photographic fragment--as a defining feature of Saar's work and thus a thread running through the exhibition.
"I Shot Ray Charles"--Howard Morehead, Photographer
Through this exhibition, CAAM reveals the initial photographic selections from the recently donated collection of the distinguished photographer Howard Morehead who died July 2003. For more than 45 years Morehead, one of the few African American photographers who worked steadily in the entertainment industry, used his camera to create dramatic images, establish faces, distill time and capture icons in action. The exhibit features (48) photographs of Ray Charles and collaborators by Howard Morehead.
African Art in the Life Cycle
At California State University, Northridge Art Galleries; the exhibition thematically displays artworks from across the continent that play a significant role in particular phases of life in Africa, including childhood, adolescence, marriage, parenthood and death.
African American Artists in Los Angeles, a Survey Exhibition: Reaction (1945-1965)
The third portion of a three-part retrospective of African American artists in Los Angeles covering the years 1930 - 1965. Features nearly twenty artists at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park.
African American Artists in Los Angeles, A Survey Exhibition: Pathways (1966-1989)
The second portion of a three-part retrospective of African American artists in Los Angeles covering the years 1966-1989. Features nearly eighty artists at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park and CAAM.
Deconstructing Apartheid: The Photography of Peter Magubane
Peter Magubane, internationally recognized photojournalist, documented the oppression of the black majority and other people of color in South Africa and the egregious practices of apartheid. The exhibition’s focus is on the dramatic instances of daily life under apartheid and the South African Black Power Movement.
Black Olympians: Moments of Inspiration
Twentieth anniversary of the inaugural exhibition at the California African American Museum, celebrating the achievements of African American Olympians. Features photographs, historic artifacts, banners, posters and interactive consuls.
Through the Gates: Brown vs. Board of Education
Historical and Visual Arts components commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic landmark Supreme Court decision desegregating U.S. public education instruction. Features photographs, documents, early 20 Century school artifacts and fifteen art installations by contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds.
Masterpieces in African American Art: An African American Perspective
At the M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica; third annual exhibition includes a mixture of artwork in various media and spanning seven decades. All of them have one thing in common: they express some aspect of the African American experience.
"Dear Jackie": Jackie Robinson, Richard Nixon and Civil Rights
At the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace; documents the correspondence between Richard Nixon and Jackie Robinson with emphasis on Civil Rights.
Crimes and Misdemeanors: Politics in U.S. Art of the 1980s
At the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; exhibition revisting the 1980s which saw a virtually unprecedented representation of political sentiment in the visual arts offering a carefully constructed social-critical account of artistic production in the period. Includes over 50 artists.
American Vision: African American Sculptors, 19th Century - 21st Century
At the Dallas African American Museum; provocative exhibition includes artists like Martin Puryear, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Barbara Chase-Riboud and Ed Love who have national and international reputations spanning more than 40 years.
A Tribute to John T. Riddle, Jr.
Retrospective of (36) sculptures, prints and paintings by artist and curator John T. Riddle, Jr. (1933-2002) who served as Program Manager of Visual Arts from 1999-2002.
The African American Journey West: Permanent Collection
Features traditional West African sculpture; Benin bronzes; printed historic publications and photographs; film, television and golf memorabilia; items from the Tom Bradley Collection and contemporary art acquired from 1997-2001. Emphasizes the revised mission of the Museum to focus on the Transatlantic slave trade and African American history and culture west of the Mississippi.
Grafton Tyler Brown: Visualizing California and the Pacific Northwest
Fifty works by the 19th Century African American cartographer, lithograph and landscape painter. Includes lithographs, watercolors and oil paintings. Travels to Tacoma, Baltimore and San Francisco.
Watts: Art and Social Change in Los Angeles, 1965-2002
At the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee; features artists surrounding Watts portion of Los Angeles including: Charles Dickson, John Outterbridge, Elliot Pinkney, Nathanial Bustion and Noah Purifoy.
Rhythms of the Soul: African Instruments in the Diaspora
Instruments, sculpture, murals and photographs tracing the history of the African American music tradition to its African roots. Interactive displays included music stations and video projections.
The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000
At the Whitney Museum of American Art; landmark survey shown in two consecutive parts, each showcasing fifty years of American art. The exhibition brings together major examples of painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, film and video, placing these arts within larger social, political and cultural contexts.
William Pajaud: The Sights and Sounds of My New Orleans
Thirty-eight recent paintings by William Pajaud focusing on the funerary traditions of New Orleans.
Stitched Stories: Art of the Quilt
At the Irvine Fine Arts Center; this exhibit is a selection of story quilts that tell tales, both real and imaginary. Story quilts have played an important role in American history, preserving memories for future generations and serving as a way to celebrate or commemorate events.
Africa and it's Tributaries
Featuring the collection of Dr. Samella Lewis, items from
Africa, the Carribbean, and the United States.
Inwell: An Installion by Artist-in-Residence Lavialle Campbell
Installation of ceramic pieces incorporated into fountains and an altar.
Sargent Johnson: African American Modernist
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the exhibition concentrates on Johnson's work in the context of the 1930s/40s as a regionalist with the Works in Progress Administration and as a nationally recognized African American artist with the Harmon Foundation.
Noah Purifoy: Outside and in the Open
Retrospective of the work of assemblage artist Noah Purifoy. Traveled to Dallas, Atlanta and Oakland.
Affirming a Visual Heritage: The Collection of Alonzo and Dale Davis
Collection of brothers Dale and Alonzo Davis who ran the Brockman Gallery in Leimart Park, Los Angeles in the 1960 and 1970s.
Shared Sensibilities: Selected Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
These selected sculptural works from the permanent collection of the California African American Museum represent a broad variety of forms and materials explored by sculptors of African descent.
Selected Pieces From the Permanent Collection
Highlights the art collection of the California African American Museum including traditional West African Sculpture, professional 19th C. landscape, African American modern and contemporary art and contemporary art from the African Diaspora.
Lifting the Veil: Robert S. Duncanson and the Emergence of the African American Artist
At the Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis; an exhibition in conjunction with a University of Missouri Press publication on the painting of Robert Scott Duncanson. It emphasizes the intepretation of Duncanson's art as paradigm for understanding the emergence of the African American artist.
The Art of Betye Saar and John Outterbridge: The Poetics of Politics, Iconography and Spirituality
Twenty-second Biennial of Sao Paulo, Museum of Modern Art , Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Environments: Extending the Artist's Realm
This exhibition addresses how seven artists, working with found and recycled materials, have conceptually mirrored their living and working environments.
Tengo Casi 500 Años/I Have Been Here Almost 500 Years: The African Presence in Central America
The second part of two exhibitions by photographer Tony Gleaton examines aspects of the African diaspora in Central America. Gleaton's photographs focus on individuals living in the small, modest, coastal communities of Belize, Honduras, Guatamala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama raising questions which explore historical and sociological development of racial identity among these Afro-Latino populations.
Rolywholyover A Circus (for museum by John Cage)
At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; assumes the form of an exhibition but is in fact a composition of static works that changes: a dynamic, non-static work of art. Museums within a thirty-mile radius of MOCA were asked to list ten objects from their permanent collections that they would be willing to lend for a project by John Cage. Chance operations were performed to determine the selection of an object from each museum, and to direct the placement of objects.
John Outterbridge: A Retrospective
A retrospective of the sculpture of visual artist John Outterbridge.
Life in a Day of Black LA: The Way We See It
LA's Black photographers present a new perspective on their city; featuring the photographic work of: Roland Charles, Don Cropper, Jeffrey, Karen Kennedy, Willie Middlebrook, Nathaniel Bellamy, Calvin Hicks, Mike Jones, Ron Lyons and Akili-Casundria Ramsess.
Hollywood Days and Harlem Nights: African American Entertainment in Los Angeles, 1940-1952
Photographs, artifacts, oral histories and videos of African Americans in the entertainment industry.
Novae: William H. Johnson and Bob Thompson
Exhibition exploring the similarities and differences in the lives, artistic choices and styles of work between Johnson and Thompson.
Permanent Collection: New Acquistions
Featuring recent donations, purchases and promised gifts to the California Afro-American Museum.
19 sixties: A Cultural Awakening
Nine California artists in the assemblage and collage movement of the 1960s;artists included Alonzo Davis, David Hammons, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, John T. Riddle, Jr., Timothy Washington, Charles White, SuzanneJackson, and Betye Saar.
Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent
A study of how a segment of the Brazilian population viewed itself juxtaposed with African Americans' view of themselves in American society with identity as the focal point.
Emerging Artists: Figurative Abstractions
Second Biennial exhibition of Californian emerging artists selected through the Artist Registry at CAAM with the theme of "figurative abstractions".
Jackie Robinson: An American Journey
A multi-media exhibit featuring the life of baseball legend and civil rights spokesman Jackie Robinson, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his entry into major league baseball as its first Black player. Features more than 175 photographs and 200 artifacts chronicling the life of Jackie Robinson.
The Mildred E. Blount Hat Collection
Twenty-seven hats designed by well-known milliner, Mildred E. Blount, from the 1930s through the 1950s. The collection was a gift to LACMA from Majorie St. Cyr in memory of Mildred Blount.
The Banks Family Collection
Sixty works of art from the Leon O. Banks Collection, collected since 1955 features diverse artists including: Romare Bearden, Richard Hunt, David Hockney, Bob Thompson, Edward Kienholz and others.
A Centennial Salute to Clementine Hunter: 40 Years of Painting
Highlights the folk art of Hunter including over 45 abstract kaleidoscope paintings, exotic fantasy figures, surreal plants and portraits of Hunter by fellow artists.
East /West: Contemporary American Art
First exhibition of contemporary art at the California Afro-American Museum facility.
The Tradition Continues: California Black Photographers
A juried photography exhibition open to California black photographers with prizes awarded to the first place winners in the amateur division.
Marvin Harden: Paintings and Drawings, 1961 - 1981
Seventy-eight paintings and pencil drawings by the California visual artist that "sigh a longing that hints at desperation".
The Black Family: P.H. Polk, photographer
Photographs of Prentice Herman Polk